December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Dozens of youngsters sped their way down Norfolk’s dry ski slope to take part in the opening event of the county’s first ever Winter School Games.
Today marked the start of the week-long event which will see 2,000 children from schools right across the county compete in a number of different sports.
All of the action kicked off with an opening ceremony, followed by the first competition, skiing, at Norfolk Snowsports Club in Whitlingham, near Trowse.
Seventy-two youngsters aged 11 to 18 battled it out in an individual time trial and a team relay this afternoon.
At the opening ceremony, Norfolk School Games organiser Stephen Hulme said: “Today is a day for firsts: this is Norfolk’s first ever winter school games, Norfolk’s first ever school skiing competition and this is the first day of the first ever Norfolk Winter School Games.
“It is a fantastic facility here and we are very fortunate to have this in our county.”
As part of today’s event, spectators and competitors kept warm with marshmallow-topped hot chocolates, tucked into food from the barbecue and enjoyed the atmosphere.
The government-backed Sainsbury’s-sponsored School Games is designed to build on the magic of 2012 Olympic Games to enable every school and child to participate in competitive sport, including meaningful opportunities for disabled youngsters.
Norfolk is one of just two county’s in the country to have included skiing in its programme.
Susie Moore, snowsports development officer, said: “We are incredibly excited to get skiing into the School Games and hopefully Norfolk will inspire other parts of the country.”
The top three in each category for the individual slalom:
Adam Spruce - North Norfolk SSP
Oliver Dewson - North Norfolk SSP
Alex Smith - Norwich SSP
Lulu Sierazdka - Norwich SSP
Rebecca Swales - West Norwich and Dereham SSP
Bethan Cavendish - Norwich SSP
Rory Reynolds - Breckland SSP
Scott Button - West Norwich and Dereham SSP
Ethan Geary - Norwich East SSP
Lucia Benham-Frary - Norwich SSP
Ellie Jamieson - Norwich SSP
Alison Russell - West Norfolk SSP
Reece Milham - East Norfolk SSP
Louis Bateman - East Norfolk SSP
Edward Savage - South Norfolk SSP
Anisia Dobrean - North Norfolk SSP
Annie Draper - West Norwich and Dereham SSP
Ashleigh Moore - West Norfolk SSP
1st West Norwich and Dereham SSP
2nd South Norfolk SSP
1st North Norfolk SSP
2nd Norwich East SSP